Saturday, 8 August 2015

Thick Hot Cocoa Drink and Cutting back on Paper Towel Usage

One day, many weeks back, over breakfast of a store-bought apple-pie and my thick hot cocoa drink, I decided to minimize our usage of tissues and paper towels.  Before,  we use paper towels to wipe anything and almost everything around the house.  We carry packets of tissues and wet-wipes around, inside the car, and in my bag.  So we went back to basic, I took out some old and torn t-shirts that we are no longer using (despite the protest of the husband) and make rags out of them. I also brought out some cloth towels from storage which we forgot we had.  

Now, instead of reaching out for a tissue or a paper towel to wipe our hands, or dry off our plate or glasses or pots, or wipe up a spill or clean the furniture, we use cloth towels. We also shifted to using cloth towel to wipe Lazie (our Persian cat). And we are now carrying handkerchief and hand / face towels whenever we go out :-)

We haven't completely eradicated our use of paper towels, though, since we still use them to wipe off really "messy" things like grease, sticky things, the butt of Lazie after poo-ing, and toilet-matters, you know, but at least we have minimized our usage up to more than 80%.

Cutting back on our usage of paper towels is our simple way of being environmental friendly and helping out save the planet.  Not only that, it's also one way of saving money. You might be surprise at how much you can save from not buying rolls upon rolls of paper towels and boxes upon boxes of tissues in a year time.

That settles it, my thick hot cocoa drink really did trigger my creative thinking and frugality :-) Try my usual cocoa drink concoction.  You will never know what good it will do to you without trying :D  I'm not joking (wink wink)


Ingredients : 

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (Hershey's) - 5 to 6 tbsps

Full cream Milk - 2 cups + 1tbsp
Stevia - as desired
Cornstarch- 2tsp

Preparation : 

1. Pour 2 cups of milk in a pot and bring to a simmer, add the cocoa powder and stevia. Stir over low heat until the cocoa and stevia are dissolved.  Continue simmering over medium fire.
2. Dissolve cornstarch in remaining milk then blend it with the cocoa-milk mixture. Continue stirring until thick.

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